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Irish Coffee: The return of Marquis Daniels

12.08.11 at 11:20 am ET
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Just 10 months removed from suffering a season-ending spinal cord injury and nine months removed from being traded to the Kings for a 2017 second-round pick that freed up his roster spot, Marquis Daniels is close to rejoining the Celtics, according to a Boston Globe report.

Daniels’ ability to backup Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — even spelling Rajon Rondo at the point in spots — was a safety net for Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. The swingman’s scary injury against the Magic cut short a second consecutive season in Boston and forced Danny Ainge to pull the trigger on a trade for Jeff Green.

Daniels averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 100 games over two seasons in a Celtics uniform. He can officialy re-sign with the Celtics on Friday at 2 p.m.

TO TRADE OR NOT TO TRADE, THAT IS THE QUESTION

I was going to discuss the latest Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul trade discussions, as reported by Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, but colleague Paul Flannery’s column from Thursday on the importance of timing in this matter still holds true.

Quickly, my two cents. The Boston Herald quoted a source in saying the Celtics’ “window is just too short for him. He looks on them as having one year left to do something, and that’€™s it.”

That might be Paul’s opinion, but it’s far from the truth. If the C’s made a deal for Paul, they would have just $18 million worth of Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley on their books. Even if Paul signed an extension in Boston (a financial windfall for him as opposed to entering unrestricted free agency), Ainge would have plenty of cap space to sign a Dwight Howard while offering Allen and Kevin Garnett more affordable deals to stay.

What I’m trying to say is this: The window wouldn’t be closing if the Celtics acquired Paul, because he actually is the window. His presence alone would make Boston an attractive destination to free agents for years to come, not to mention the fact that Ainge isn’t handcuffed by any bad contracts so the C’s will have the money, too.

QUICK RELEASE: CELTICS LINKS

It sounds like the Celtics might be saying adios to Carlos Arroyo, as last season’s waiver acquisition indicated his interest in signing with the Knicks to ESPNNewYork.com.

“I love New York,” Arroyo told ESPNNewYork.com. “It would be a great situation for me — aside from being the largest Puerto Rican population in the U.S. I have a great relationship with Chauncey [Billups], Melo [Carmelo Anthony] and Amare [Stoudemire], especially with Chauncey since we played together in Detroit.” …

Celtics free agent target Shane Battier announced via Twitter that he will be signing with the Heat on Friday. Likewise, another former Duke player on the C’s radar, Grant Hill, is close to signing with the Knicks, according to the New York Post. …

We might be saying goodbye to Pierce’s draw-the-contact-and-shoot move, as NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson and his referee minions will be calling such a move a non-shooting foul this season, according to an ESPN.com report on the league’s rule changes this season.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach on Twitter.)

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